Saying It Like It Is
Sheri L. Dew
Deseret Book, 2009
"Noble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That
is who you are and who you have always been. And understanding it can
change your life, because this knowledge carries a confidence that
cannot be duplicated any other way." (p. 1) Thus begins Saying It Like
It Is by Sheri Dew. In this quote, Ms. Dew begins in the manner she
intends to continue. She has begun with a thought that invites the
reader to continue on in this book in a quest to discover just why they
are among the noble and great.
This small book of thoughts is set within an appealing cover. Its simple
presentation is continued throughout the interior of the book and is
made complete by the beautiful pictures that emphasize the points that
the author is making. The subject matter in Saying It Like It Is is
presented as small snippets of thought from the author on a variety of
gospel oriented subjects.
Sheri Dew shares her thoughts in a manner that makes it easy for the
reader to take away one thought to focus on. The reader can choose to
apply it in the form of a goal meant to improve or build upon specific
abilities or they may simply choose to ponder on that particular
subject. Each thought appears to be directed at helping readers to
achieve their highest potential. In a typical manner, Ms. Dew presents
her work in a very straightforward manner. At the same time, she manages
to keep the principles in this book from being intimidating or off-putting.
Saying It Like It Is will make an appropriate gift for those who may be
struggling with doubt or self confidence. With thoughts such as, "When
we really believe in Jesus Christ -- meaning that He knows who we are and
will overrule for our good -- that kind of faith naturally results in a
feeling of hope and optimism. We can hope not just for a better world
somewhere out in the great beyond, but for a better world here and now."
(p. 37) it is an easy way for friends and family to remind their loved
ones and acquaintances that they are loved, important, and ever so capable.
This is a book that even non-regular readers can enjoy. It flows far
more smoothly than many books that are aimed at self improvement. It is
very much directed toward readers of the LDS faith. Although much of the
subject matter is geared mainly toward women, this book can be of much
value to men and women. Ms. Dew's personable writing style makes this
book age-appropriate for adults and youth alike. The contents of this
book lend themselves well to reading together as a family.
In the back of this book, the author has chosen to include a catalogue
of the pictures that are significant to her. This is a great opportunity
for the reader to establish a connection with her on a personal level.
However, the reader may enjoy it more if the list mentioned why each
picture is significant to her.
Saying It Like It Is lends itself to gospel study in that the topic is
presented and the reader can turn to the scriptures and other resources
to compare and seek out additional truth. This book serves a valid
purpose as a stepping stone that will pique the interest of readers and
may cause them to seek out more information on each topic. Whether the
reader is seeking for a resource and a source of comfort, they will find
both within the pages of Ms. Dew's latest offering.